Christmas School Outreach Program in Lopburi Province – December 18

The students had fun singing Christmas songs and participating in the activities.

The students had fun singing Christmas songs and participating in the activities.

Our last day in Lopburi Province was December 18.  In the morning our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff did our Christmas program for 283 students in grades K-4 in Ponrom Anusorn School.  After lunch we conducted our program for 260 students in grades 5-9.  The children in this school didn’t have many opportunities for special programs, so they were especially excited to see us.  The assistant director and teachers gave us a very warm welcome.  We really enjoyed singing the Christmas songs with the students and leading them in some fun activities.  It was a good way to end our week of Christmas outreach activities.

We also enjoyed working with Pastor Mong and the members from his church.  They enthusiastically joined in the singing and activities and were very helpful during our programs.  We thank God for them and for their eagerness to share the Gospel with the school children.  They will be doing follow-up activities with the students in the coming weeks, so we pray that God will give them many good interactions with the students, connections with the parents and many opportunities to share the Gospel with them.

By the time our team arrived back home in Bangkok Friday night, we were tired but happy.  God truly blessed us throughout this week.  All of our presentations went well, we received positive comments and invitations to return next year from teachers and school administrators, many students signed up for follow-up activities and God kept us safe and healthy.

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Christmas School Outreach Program in Lopburi Province – December 17

 

Students enjoyed receiving their free gift packs.

Students enjoyed receiving their free gift packs.

Usually we do our Christmas program in small schools in small towns or rural areas.  Those schools don’t have many opportunities to enjoy special programs, so they are very excited to have our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team visit their schools and they enjoy our Christmas program.

But, sometimes we include schools in larger cities in our schedule.  The school we visited on December 17 was one of those.  Anuban Lopburi School is a large school in quite a large city.  We did three presentations for students in grades 3-6; two in the morning and one after lunch.  A total of 1,098 students participated in the two morning sessions and one afternoon session.  The morning schedule was quite tight, because we did two presentations.  We had to make some adjustments to our program, but we were able to include all of the important parts.

The director of Anuban Lopburi school asked that we do our English activity, so the students could practice using English.  Although that was quite difficult for the children in grades 3 and 4, the students in grades 5 and 6 were very eager to try to use English.  All of the students cooperated very well and listened carefully when we explained the true meaning of Christmas.  When we asked them questions, we could tell that they understood the meaning well.

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Christmas School Outreach Program in Lopburi Province – December 16

We enjoyed our time with the students from Anuban Changwat Tahan Bok Lopburi School.

We enjoyed our time with the students from Anuban Changwat Tahan Bok Lopburi School.

On December 16, 2015 our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff moved our Christmas School Outreach Program to Lopburi Province.  The first school we visited there was Anuban Changwat Tahan Bok Lopburi School where we were scheduled to do our program for 233 students in grades 1-6.

When we arrived at the school the assistant director told us that the 107 students in grades 7-9 also wanted to participate.  After checking to be sure that we had enough gift packs for the older students, we divided our team into two groups.  Half of our team did our activity of using the letters in the word “Christmas” to tell the older students the story about Jesus.  The other half of our team used the Christmas video with the younger children.

All of the students enjoyed singing the Christmas songs and doing the fun activities with our LHMT team.  The students in grades 7-9 were very happy that they could join our program and we were thankful that we were able to share the true meaning of Christmas with all of the students.

We were delayed starting the morning program, because we had to reorganize our group and set up to do the program for the older students.  As a result, we finished later than we planned.  After moving to Chupsorn School and eating a quick lunch, we were told that the school director wanted the 95 students in grades 1-6 to have a chance to practice English.  So, instead of using the Christmas video we did our English Christmas activity.  We were concerned, because we knew the English activity would be quite difficult for the children.

However, the children enjoyed our program and the teachers and school director were very happy.  They asked us to return to their school again next year to do another Christmas program.  We are very grateful to Pastor Mongkonchai Artsomboon (Pastor Mong), a former LHMT staff, and his Prasiri Lopburi Church members for arranging our school visits in Lopburi Province and for assisting us during our presentations.

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Christmas School Outreach Program in Chainat Province

Students at Rajaprajanugroh 46 Chainat School participating in an action song.

Students at Rajaprajanugroh 46 Chainat School participating in an action song.

We thank God that our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff had a good time doing our Christmas School Outreach Program in Chainat Province on December 14-15. 2015.

Ajarn Urai Khao-iam and members of Chainat Church arranged for us to do our Christmas program at 2 schools.  Monday afternoon 290 students in grades 1-6 and 485 students in grades 7-12 at Rajaprajanugroh 46 Chainat School participated from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The main purpose of our Christmas School Outreach Program is for the students and teachers to learn the true meaning of Christmas.  Many people in Thailand know the story of Santa Claus coming at Christmas, but few know that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus, the Savior of the world.

To help the younger children understand what Christmas is, we show them a short Christmas video, “Red Boots for Christmas.” With the older students we do an English activity that uses the 9 letters in the word “Christmas” to explain about the birth of Jesus, who Jesus is and what He has done.

Throughout our Christmas program our LHMT staff lead the students in singing a number of songs and doing some fun activities.  We give small prizes to those who participate in a special way and at the end of the program everyone receives a gift pack.  Included in the gift packs are some candy, a keychain with a small soft animal attached, a Christian tract and the first lesson of our LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.

The children enjoyed our program and participated well.  Before we left the school 54 students signed up to join music classes and Chinese language classes offered by Chainat Church.  Through these classes Ajarn Urai and church members will have personal contact with some of the students. LHMT staff will refer to the church the students who join our LHMT Bible Correspondence Course.

Tuesday morning, December 15, we visited Wat Rongwua School.  The 121 students in grades 1-6 and the 54 students in grades 7-9 joined together to sing the songs and to do the activities.  When it was time to teach them the true meaning of Christmas, the younger children watched the Christmas video and we took the older students to another room to do the English activity with them.

All of the students received gift packs and 21 students signed up to participate in the music classes and Chinese classes at Chainat Church.

We very much enjoyed getting to know the people from Chainat Church and partnering with them in this program.  We thank God for them and we hope that we’ll be able to do some ministry activity with them again in the future.

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Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season

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Many of the friends, neighbors and church members who attended the Christmas party.

For the past several years our Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) director and staff have assisted Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church in Bangkok with their special Christmas activity.

From 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening, December 12, 2015, the church conducted a program of games and Christmas songs to celebrate the birth of Jesus.  More than 100 people from the community and parents and students from the church’s English classes attended the event, which was held in the parking area in front of the church.  A noodle dish, spring rolls, fruit and delicious ice cream were available for everyone to enjoy and free gifts were given to almost everyone who completed a simple registration card.

In addition to having the whole group sing some Christmas songs together, the program included special songs sung by students from the Luther Institute Southeast Asia theological training program, children from the Concordia Day Care Center in Bangna and a Thai-style dance was performed by one of the English students about the baby Jesus in the manger .  The church’s pastor, Rev. Sompong Hanpradit, who is also a member of the LHMT Advocacy Board, gave a short message about the theme for the evening, which was “Jesus Christ, the Reason for the Season.”

The LHMT director and staff helped set up and decorate the venue, led the group singing and fun activities, provided technical support, introduced the attendees to the LHMT Bible Correspondence Courses and ministry programs and had personal conversations with people from the community.  Since the LHMT ministry center is located just a short walk from the church, this also was a chance for more local people to learn about the work of LHMT.

Many Thai people have joined Christmas parties that highlight stories about Santa Claus and his reindeer, but seldom have the opportunity to hear the real reason for celebrating Christmas.  Concordia Into Light Lutheran Church uses this event each December to point people to Jesus and what He has done for them.  The LHMT team is happy to partner with the church to encourage Christians and to share the real Christmas story with people in the community who haven’t heard the good news that Jesus was born to bring forgiveness of sins and eternal life to everyone who believes in Him.

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Father’s Day Activity

Father's Day01The king of Thailand’s birthday is December 5.  It’s also the date on which Father’s Day is celebrated in Thailand.  Again this year, the Lutheran Hour Ministries Thailand (LHMT) team used this special occasion to do an activity in front of our ministry center on December 3 and 4.

To celebrate the day and to make contacts with people living or working in the community surrounding our ministry center, the LHMT staff set up a table along the street outside our front door.  Using amplified music and announcements our team attracted the attention of people passing by and invited them to receive a special Father’s Day gift.  Each person who stopped at our table and provided us with their personal contact information was given a booklet about the Thai king’s philosophy of sufficiency living and the Christian view of fathers.

As people passed by on their way to work both mornings and during the two lunch times, LHMT staff met 191 people who asked for the gift booklet.  In the near future the LHMT team will make follow-up contacts with these people to inform them about the ministries of LHMT and to continue communicating with them.

Through the years, doing games and activities in front of our ministry center has proven to be a good way for the LHMT staff to meet and get to know some of the people who live in the community or walk by their building nearly every day.

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